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Mark 7:24-30 tells the story of a woman whose daughter is demon possessed and asks Jesus to drive out the demon. Verses 27-30 confused me: 27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” 28 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon was gone. I did some research to find out what Jesus and the woman were talking about. Turns out they were referring to Jesus teaching the children (His disciples) as His first priority and not allowing the pets (those in need) to interrupt. The woman chose to follow His imagery to say that even the pets (allowing herself to be considered an interruption for the sake of her daughter) receive crumbs (miracles) from the main table. Jesus recognized her faith and immediately healed her daughter. It is interesting to me that the woman would humble herself to recognize her need for her daughter as being greater than her pride. This is a great example and perspective for all of us.